Fantastic

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All Music Guide - William Cooper
Fantastic is the misguided 1983 debut release from the U.K. duo Wham. With Fantastic, George Michael and partner Andrew Ridgeley introduced themselves as leather jacket-clad, street-smart "rebels." This approach proved wildly popular in the U.K., where Fantastic was a Top Ten hit, but the album went largely unnoticed in the States. While Fantastic showcases the ability of the young 20 at the time of the album's release George Michael to craft engaging, hook-filled melodies, much of the material on Fantastic suffers from the duo's pretentious, tough-guy posturing. The empty funk of the U.K. hits "Bad Boys," "Young Guns Go for It," and the embarrassing "Wham Rap" barely ...
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All Music Guide - William Cooper
Fantastic is the misguided 1983 debut release from the U.K. duo Wham. With Fantastic, George Michael and partner Andrew Ridgeley introduced themselves as leather jacket-clad, street-smart "rebels." This approach proved wildly popular in the U.K., where Fantastic was a Top Ten hit, but the album went largely unnoticed in the States. While Fantastic showcases the ability of the young 20 at the time of the album's release George Michael to craft engaging, hook-filled melodies, much of the material on Fantastic suffers from the duo's pretentious, tough-guy posturing. The empty funk of the U.K. hits "Bad Boys," "Young Guns Go for It," and the embarrassing "Wham Rap" barely registers, and Michael's smart-aleck, self-conscious lyrics are often unintentionally hilarious. Although Michael eventually became well-known as a reasonably successful emulator of R&B trends, neither these tunes nor Fantastic's stupefying remake of the Miracles' "Love Machine" give any indication of his abilities. At best, Fantastic can be viewed as a testament to George Michael's maturity. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light" and "Club Tropicana," two of Fantastic's best tunes, lean toward the lush, adult pop of Michael's later solo work. Fortunately, Michael and Ridgeley would later ditch the superficial, leather-jacketed approach for the more sophisticated pop of later Wham releases like "Everything She Wants" and "Freedom" both from 1984's Make It Big and "The Edge of Heaven" from 1986's Music From the Edge of Heaven, finding major U.S. success in the process. Fantastic isn't a good album, but it's oddly entertaining. It's certainly interesting hearing the difference between the frothy Fantastic and Michael's later, "serious" solo work like Listen Without Prejudice and Older. And Fantastic is also good for a few chuckles. Unfortunately, that probably wasn't George Michael's intention. But even he might get a good laugh out of it.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643891127
  • Catalog Number: 38911

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wham! Primary Artist
George Michael Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Ridgeley Guitar
Chris Hunter Horn
Anne Dudley Keyboards
Jess Bailey Keyboards
Baps Horn
Guy Barker Horn
Graham Broad Drums
Jimmy Chambers Background Vocals
George Chandler Background Vocals
Geoff Daley Horn
Martin Drover Horn
Andy Duncan Percussion, Drums
Tommy Eyre Keyboards
Colin Graham Horn
Josie James Background Vocals
Luis Jardim Percussion
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Brad Lang Bass
Stevie Lange Background Vocals
D.C. Lee Background Vocals
Roddy Lorimer Horn
John MacKenzie Bass
Iain MacKintosh Horn
Sylvia Mason Background Vocals
Tony Moroni Percussion
Trevor Murrell Drums
Ian Ritchie Horn
Robert Ahwai Guitar
Linda Hayes Background Vocals
Dave Mortimer Shouts
Paul Ridgeley Guitar, Shouts
Tony Jackson Background Vocals
Raoul ? Horn
Bob Carter Keyboards
Paul Cox Horn
Technical Credits
George Michael Producer
Dave Mortimer Contributor
Janusz Guttner Contributor
William Griffin Composer
Steve Brown Producer
Bob Carter Producer
Warren Moore Composer
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